The Simpsons has been on air since 1989 and over the years we have gotten some great episodes. Many of them comment on current events and where the world is heading. Over the years, the show has actually made some bold predictions that ended up coming true.
Some of these predictions come from episodes that take place in the future, when the show’s writers had to predict what the future would be like in terms of technology and politics. But other times, the predictions are weirdly coincidental and sometimes spot on! So what did the show get right? Here are 25 times The Simpsons predicted the future.
1. Roy’s tiger attack
In the 1993 episode, “Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling,” gambling is legalized in Springfield. The town essentially becomes Las Vegas and two entertainers have an act with white tigers. One of them gets attacked by the tiger during their act.
Sadly, this episode parallels what happened to Roy of Siegfriend and Roy in 2003. The tiger lunged at Roy’s neck during the show and dragged him off stage. He was in critical condition after the attack, but survived. However, he never regained full use of his left side, according to ET. Years later, the entertainer doesn’t blame the tiger, and thinks it was actually trying to help him.
“I got a stroke and I fell down, and I see these blue eyes staring looking at me,” Roy explained, “I was like, ‘What now? What happened?'” He then continued, “He picked me up by the neck and got me to the side so he’d know I’d be safe — like a mother with a cub. He took care of me.”